Pacific Northwest Coffee Shop Spotlight – Courier Coffee

Pacific Northwest Coffee Shop Spotlight – Courier Coffee

There are many wonderful coffee shops in the Pacific Northwest including Portland Oregon’s own Courier Coffee.

Located at 923 SW Oak St in Portland, Courier Coffee uses house-roasted, single-origin beans, this snug place offers espresso drinks & pour-overs.

Since opening in 2010, the Courier Coffee crew specializes in making coffee and tea drinks made-to-order.

Unlike some coffee shops in the area, courier coffee also roasts their own coffee and they bake from scratch every morning so you can get a wonderful cup of coffee and a freshly baked sweet treat on your way to work in the morning.

What we like best about ordering from courier coffee is that they take pride in the coffee that they serve and will actually tell you the history about the coffee beans to make your order a more interesting experience.

The Courier Coffee crew takes pride in every cup of coffee that they serve and they also include lots of delicious extras that you can have with your coffee including house made vanilla syrup.

Image credit – PDX Monthly

About Courier Coffee

Owner Joel Domreis began his delivery service about 6 years ago, and continues to deliver by bicycle, which is either heroic or insane when you consider the number and location of commercial accounts the business now has.  Customers include all kinds of restaurants and retail places, and even surprises such as the finer Lu Lac Vietnamese restaurant downtown, which uses Courier for their drip Vietnamese coffees rather than the typical cheap canned Café du Monde found in similar establishments.

One thing is certain, Joel and his employees love what they do. They love to talk bikes, cities, art, music and can really get into the details of roasting coffee for hours at a time. They even write a blog that is simply a pleasure to read. Take this recent post explaining their philosophy on slow pedal-powered growth as a business model, “Courier is more about having awesome clients and keeping the coffee at its best, rather than convenience. Delivering what we provide by bicycle is constant struggle, but if somehow we can keep our route and timing simple, and ourselves well fed, rested, and refreshed then it becomes mostly fun.”

The coffee itself, roasted on SE 40th and Hawthorne, stands on its own, and certainly stands up against any of the bigger more established roasters. You won’t find muddy, silty brews here. It’s pour-overs, baby, dripped into Mason jars. You’ll have to wait a few minutes to get it. And if you don’t want to wait, well, there’s a big chain store café just down the street…

Using KF-4 23K Swiss Gold Filters

If you order a cup of coffee from courier coffee you might notice a lot of differences between their delicious coffee and other shops in the PDX area this is partially because they take pride in “crafting” their coffee including using KF-4 23K Swiss Gold Filters.

These are thin sheets of steel perforated with tiny precise holes and plated with 23 karat gold. What we like about them is that they are reusable and totally nonreactive with the coffee oils. Gold is the most nonreactive metal and does not want to carry a charge either positive or negative. With a simple rinse of water almost all of the oils are removed and flavors do not translate from brew to brew (even with totally different coffees). A reusable filter also cuts down on waste. At home we have tested a filter brewing daily for three years without any of the gold coming off (thats three years of paper filters). The shape of the KF-4 is also pretty critical as it rests in a cup, without the need for a holder.

Drip pour over with a gold filter lets through more sediment than paper or cloth (without the paper taste), but yet is cleaner than french press. we like it.

The number one thing is coffee and water. And by coffee and water we mean tasty coffee, roasted in the last week and kept at room temp in an absolutely odorless vessel, and ground just before making. Water should taste awesome cold and by awesome we mean not plastically, or like rust, or later like the soap or mildew that was still in the vessel. Many overlook the soap residue, or the notoriously bad smelling silicon seals on the travel cups, or rancid coffee oil. The coffee at our bar should be awesome, but it should be better at your home, actually there is no reason not to be making wonderful coffee at your homes- we believe in you.

Don’t Miss Courier Coffee In Portland Oregon!

Courier Coffee is open Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Weekends from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

To learn more about Courier Coffee visit their website today at

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